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Boy Scout Troops Honor 100th Anniversary by Decorating Courthouse Trees PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 19 November 2010 14:49

Armstrong County Courthouse is decorated in its finest Holiday Fashions.  Every year the Board of Commissioners invites a different group to decorate the small trees adorning the veranda;   this year in honor of their 100th Anniversary the local Boy Scouts of America were selected.  Fifteen Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs from the Moraine Trails Council have participated in a beautiful display of creativity and pride in scouting.  The trees will be on display beginning on November 19, 2010 as Kittanning celebrates Light Up the Night and remain displayed until into the new year. 

 Each participating troop and pack selected their own materials and designs to decorate with.  The fundamentals of scouting were definitely used to design attractive ornaments that were also able to withstand the elements of outdoor display.

 

The following troops participated: 

Venture Crew #630

This group is comprised of High School students both male and female who meet at the St. Pauline Brothers’ Monastery.   Their ornaments feature photos of crew members performing activities throughout the year.

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Cub Scout Pack 541 and Boy Scout Troop 589

 These groups meet in Apollo.  They have combined a variety of decorations to add festivity including pine cones, decorated light bulbs, wooden replicas of the Boy Scout fleur and ribbons imprinted with the traits of scouting.

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Cub Scout Pack 546

 This pack from the Vandergrift area has adorned their tree with hand painted ceramic ornaments and recycled disc that they have handwritten traits of scouting and personal experiences.

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Cub Scout Pack 556

The Blue and Gold bulbs signify the colors for the Boy Scouts while the pack photos personalize their tree.  These young cubs are in the Freeport area!

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Cub Scout Pack 655

 The Boy Scout values are set in the shining stars that adorn this tree!  The boys have also crafted Indian symbols out of wood and personalized key rings.

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 Cub Scout Pack 670

 There is a variety of decorations on this tree from recycling light bulbs into ornaments, to painting pictures on glass bulbs and adding pine cones!  This has been done by Ford City area cub scouts.

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Boy Scout Troop 554

 The patriotism of this troop can be seen in the red, white and blue bulbs and stars that they have hung on their tree.  This is a Kittanning area troop.

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Boy Scout Troop 555

The decorated pine cones hang  from patriotic ribbons to decorate the tree of this Leechburg area’s troop!

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Boy Scout Troop 580

An accomplished scout knows several knots, this tree is a great example of what these Vandergrift area scouts have learned.

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 Boy Scout Troop 655

Many of the skills learned in scouting are demonstrated in the personalized beading that these Kittanning area scouts have used to decorate their tree.  

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Boy Scout Troop 670

The blue and gold garland crisscross the tree as images of Boy Scouting hang from the limbs.  These boys meet in the Ford City area.

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Boy Scout Troop 673

This tree gives you an opportunity to examine the look of the different badges the scouts may earn.  Look carefully they have added some new ones through the years!

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Boy Scout Troop 676

With a display of badges and fleurs this tree proudly displays the work of the Appleby Manor Troop.

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 We are very proud of all the participants and extend our appreciation to the scouts and their leaders.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Commissioners' Public Meetings may now be viewed on County Website PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 15 November 2010 13:28

In an effort to involve all members of the county, the Armstrong County Commissioners’ Public Meeting will be available for viewing on the county website at: www.co.armstrong.pa.us.  Click on to the special feature section on the front page of the website and select from the most recent meeting dates the date you would like to view. 

In addition the County will continue to offer the approved copies of all Public Meeting Minutes on its website.  To view them please click on Departments / Elected Officials / Commissioners and scroll to the bottom of the page to view the minutes.

The Commissioners regularly meet on the first and third Thursday of the month at 1:30 PM, in the Commissioners’ Conference Room located in the Courthouse Administration Building.  The Board of Commissioners encourages county residents to attend these meetings in person; the video serves as an option for those unable to be present.

Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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Commissioner Kirkpatrick is appointed by Governor to PennSERVE Advisory Board PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 18 October 2010 12:29

Patty Kirkpatrick, Chairman of the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners was recently appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania to the state-wide PennSERVE Advisory Board.  PennSERVE is the umbrella agency for volunteerism, service learning and community service initiatives throughout the Commonwealth.  By distributing federal resources across the state, PennSERVE seeks to help citizens improve quality of life in their communities through service programs.  As a new Board member Commissioner Kirkpatrick attended the state-wide launch of the AmeriCorps program and joined additional Board members from across the state that represent state government, education, nonprofits and the private sector. She is shown taking her oath of office from Armstrong County President Judge Ken Valasek to begin serving her term.  She has supervised AmeriCorps members in her career and completed a graduate degree from IUP focused on volunteerism and service learning.  She is honored to be chosen to serve the Commonwealth in this capacity to enhance participation in citizen service.

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Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick and Judge Kenneth Valasek

 
Hose Company No. 6 Celebrates 50th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 09:22

 Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Kittanning Hose Company Number 6 Ambulance Service.  Members Rob Shick and Larry Martin attended the meeting to accept the proclamation.

Mr. Martin and Mr. Shick gave a brief history of the ambulance service from their beginnings to the current status. They will be hosting a celebration on October 30, 2010 to honor all employees and volunteers, past and present and citizens who have helped in various ways throughout the years.

Commissioner Scahill recalled memories of how the organization operated during the years that he was on the ambulance crew, and praised them for their advancements.The Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude for the efforts of the ambulance service and commended them on their hard work and dedication to the residents of the county.

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 Commissioner Rich Fink, Rob Shick, Larry Martin, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Jim Scahill

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 3rd to 9th, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 09:11

Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting October 3rd – 9th 2010 as Mental Illness Awareness Week.  Mr. Jim Kuemmerle, Administrator of Armstrong – Indiana Mental Health / Mental Retardation / Early Intervention attended the meeting to accept the proclamation.

Mr. Kuemmerle stated that the goal is to bring an understanding to the community and dispel the myths surrounding mental illness.

The Armstrong / Indiana Mental Health / Mental Retardation / Early Intervention Program was established and is committed to empowering the individuals they serve to live full, self-determined lives, embracing recovery, resilience, responsibility and independence.

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Commissioner Rich Fink, Jim Kuemmerle, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Jim Scahill

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 08:24

Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting October 2010 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Ms. Laurie Johns, an Armstrong County HAVIN Outreach and Education Coordinator, attended the meeting to accept the proclamation.

From July 2009 to June 2010, the Armstrong County, HAVIN provided more than 740 domestic violence victims and their significant others with counseling services.  Armstrong County’s HAVIN also proved shelter for more than 254 individuals totaling 3,432 days.

Ms. Johns expressed her appreciation to the Board of Commissioners and members of the community for their continued support of HAVIN and the programs that they offer.  For more information on the services provided by HAVIN, please call 724-543-1180.

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Commissioner Rich Fink, Ms. Laurie Johns, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Jim Scahill

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

Contact: George J. Skamai
Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office  For Immediate Release
724-548-3214
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Community Conversation to be held PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 08 October 2010 08:26

There will be a Power of 32 Community Conversation on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 between 11:30 and 1:00 PM at the IUP Northpointe Campus.  The public is invited.  Mr. Jim Kuemmerle will be the facilitator.  The power of 32 is comprised of 32 counties, 4 states, 1 vision, for more information, please log onto powerof32.org.    

 
Fetal Alcohol Awareness Week! PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 14:10

Kittanning, PA –September 2, 2010 Commissioners sign proclamation supporting Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Week.

Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting September sixth to the tenth, 2010 as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Week.  The goal of the Armstrong – Indiana Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. is to raise awareness among its residents, especially women of childbearing age, regarding FASD education, prevention and intervention and to improve awareness.

International FASD Day was first observed on September 9, 1999, so that the ninth day of the ninth month would always be a reminder that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.  Table tents imprinted with the group’s logos and facts were distributed for use in local businesses where alcohol is served.   

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Commissioner Scahill, Carrie Bence, Deputy Director of Armstrong- Indiana Drug and Alcohol, Commissioner Kirkpatrick

Written by: Kathy Rashlich

Contact: George J. Skamai
County Administrator & Chief Clerk
Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office  For Immediate Release
724-548-3214
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NACo Dental Discount Card is available! PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 09:04

Armstrong County Announces new dental discount card program for residents

 County Commissioners announced that Armstrong County is one of 38 counties nationwide to be selected as a participant in a dental discount program.  The program is administered by Careington International Corporation in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo).

 The NACo Dental Discount Card Program, a NACo member benefit program, was designed to help uninsured and underinsured county residents save money on their dental service expenses.

 Through a partnership with Careington International Corporation, this simple discount card can help residents save an average of 5 to 50 percent on their dental care services, and 20 percent on orthodontic services.  This affordable plan starts at $6.95 per month and $59 per year for individuals.

 “The card is easy to use and will save people money,” said the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners.   With this discount card, residents of NACo member counties will experience significant savings on dental cleanings, x-rays, braces, dentures, crowns, root canals and more.

 “Especially during these tough times, NACo is pleased to provide this discount dental program to our member counties,” said NACo President Glen Whitley, of Tarrant County, Texas.  “This program is the latest of many valuable benefits that our association provides to our member counties.”

The NACo Dental Discount Card Program is designed to complement health insurance plans or work in conjunction with health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts and health reimbursement arrangements.  It is also a cost-effective way for younger retirees to meet their dental needs. 

More information about the NACo Dental Discount Card Program is available at: www.nacodentalprogram.com or by calling 1-877-354-NACo (6226).

 

 

 

               

 

 
Senator Casey Press Conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 08:46

Senator Casey to Hold Press Conference in Armstrong County Today!

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2010
Contact: Stephanie Zarecky
202-228-6367             
    


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KITTANNING, PA – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) will join the Armstrong County Commissioners to discuss how jobs in Armstrong County have been impacted by U.S. trade policies.

           Who:  U.S. Senator Bob Casey
                 Armstrong County Commissioners
                       
           What: Press conference to discuss the impact of trade policies on Armstrong County

           When: 12:45pm, TODAY, August 17

           Where: Armstrong County Courthouse
                  Commissioners Conference Room - 2nd Floor
                  450 East Market Street
                  Kittanning, PA


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